Code of Ethics
The Basel Institute's Code of Ethics guides our staff and representatives in their day-to-day work, interaction and decision-making. It sets out the core values and principles for the conduct and behavior of staff and representatives.
An external auditor (BDO AG, Basel, Switzerland) is mandated to audit the Basel Institute’s annual financial accounts, which are prepared according to Swiss law, GAAP FER principles and the Basel Institute’s bylaws.
The Foundation Board is responsible for guiding the overall strategy of the Basel Institute. It supervises and monitors the activities of the managing board, advises the managing board on all organizational matters and takes fundamental decisions concerning the Basel Institute's operations and strategies. The Foundation Board currently has nine board members:
Mark Pieth has been since 1993 Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Having completed his undergraduate degree and his PhD in criminal law and criminal procedure at this university, he spent an extensive period of time abroad, most notably at the Max Planck Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology in Germany and the Cambridge Institute of Criminology in the United Kingdom. After practicing for a time as a private barrister (‘Advokat’), he returned to his alma mater to complete his post-doctoral (‘habilitation’) thesis on sanctioning and other aspects of criminology.
From 1989 to 1993, Prof. Pieth was Head of Section – Economic and Organised Crime at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (Ministry of Justice and Police). In this role, he drafted legislation against money laundering, organised crime, drug abuse, corruption and the confiscation of assets. As a government official and later as an independent consultant, he also acquired extensive experience in international fora, amongst other things, serving as Member of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), Member of the Chemical Action Task Force on Precursor Chemicals and Chair of an intergovernmental expert group charged by the United Nations with determining the extent of the illicit traffic in drugs.
From 1990 to the end of 2013, Prof. Pieth has chaired the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, also participating in the Wolfsberg AML Banking Initiative as a facilitator. In spring 2004 he was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme. In autumn 2008, Prof. Pieth was made a member of the Integrity Advisory Board of The World Bank Group (IAB), advising the President of the Bank and the Audit Committee on integrity issues. More recently, in spring 2013, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Sanctions Appeals Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB). He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Basel Institute on Governance (BIG). Prof. Pieth has served as an expert witness in several landmark arbitration cases, namely IPOC (ad hoc tribunal) Fraport/Philippines (ICSID) and Piatco/Philippines (ICC).
Within Switzerland, Prof. Pieth has assumed various presidencies and memberships of national commissions, including the Expert Group of the National Research Programme on Violence and Organised Crime, the Federal Commission on Data Protection in the Medical Profession, the Swiss Federal Gaming Commission and the Consultative Commission to the Federal Administration of Finances on the Prevention of Money Laundering. He continues to consult corporations, international organisations and foreign governments on issues related to governance and to publish extensively in the field of economic and organised crime, money laundering, corruption, sanctioning and criminal procedure. He has formerly served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Basel.
Dr. Marco Balmelli (born 1969) is a partner at the Kellerhals Attorneys at Law in Basel. He holds degrees from the Universities of Basel and Lausanne, Switzerland, and majored in Criminal Corruption Law at the University of Basel.
He was admitted as attorney in the Canton of Basel-City in 1997 and as notary in the Canton of Basel-City in 1998. Previous to joining Christen Rickli Partner, he was a research assistant at the University of Basel for three years, specialising in Commercial Criminal Law, Labor Law, and Civil Law, and worked for the Swiss Bank Corporation and the Chiomenti Studio Legale (Milano).
His special areas of practice include: Sports Law, Contract and Corporate Law, M & A, Reorganisation of Companies, notary, New Technologies and Trade Law, Property Law, Commercial Criminal Law.
Dr. iur. Thomas Christ (born 1953) joined the Board in 2007. He was born in Zurich, studied History of Art and Law at the University of Basel and concluded his academic education with a PhD in fundamental copyright questions in the film industry.
After various jobs at the Supreme Court in Basel and UBS Switzerland he started an international career in the world of global transportation. He became CEO of Goth & Co. AG, Switzerland in 1984, was CEO of Panalpina (France) S.A. from 1990 to 1998 where he managed a critical French turnaround situation, and finally joined the DHL (former Danzas) group in 1999, where he was Managing Director DHL, Global Forwarding Switzerland, until his retirement in 2018. During his activities in the environment of international trading he spent various years of his business life in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Milan and is now based in Basel.
Besides sporadic publications and lectures on professional topics in the field of Cargo and Data Management he remained interested in specific themes and aspects of art and wrote various books on historical and contemporary topics. Among publications on the New York Subway Graffity Scene as well as on Drawings of Keith Haring, Wiese and Schwabe Verlag in Basel edited illustrated publications on ‘The Castles of the Ile de France’ (1994), ‘The Socialist Realism – Views and considerations on Socialist Realism in the Sowjet Era’ (1999) and ‘Wladimir Lebedew and the Russian Avantgarde’ (2004).
Thomas Christ is a father of 4 children, lives in Basel and besides other local activities enjoys his membership in the Board of the Foundation for the Museum of History of Basel.
Prof. Till Förster is Professor for Social Anthropology at the University of Basel. He has held this position since 2001. Previously, he has been Professor and Director of the Africa Center of the University of Beyreuth and Associate Professor for Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne.
Prior to pursuing the academic career, Mr. Förster has gathered extensive experience in development work through his involvement in a variety of projects in Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, or Niger, which dealt with such diverse issues as the implementation of biogas plants, irrigated rice cultivation, land use and land ownership, or integrated rural and urban development.
His particular research interests lie in the analysis of statehood, the risks of the failing states, and the growing importance of non-state actors, as well as questions of cultural identity and new forms of cultural interaction, participation and representation in African societies.
Preferred Fields of Practice: Commercial and corporate law; Banking law; Competition law; Reconstruction law; Labour law; Contract and tort law; Real estate law, acquisitions by non-Swiss nationals; Arbitration; Procurement law; Private construction law.
- Research associate to Prof. Karl Spiro, University of Basel School of Law (1986-1987)
- Clerkship, district court of Zofingen (1987-1988)
- Attorney-at-law (since 1989)
- Assistant professor at the University of Basel (since 1994)
- Member of the advisory body of the Swiss Society for Sports Law (since 1996)
- Professor at the University of Basel (1999)
Anne Peters is director and scientific member at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law Heidelberg (Germany) since 2013 and a professor of international law at the University of Basel (Switzerland) since 2001. In the academic year 2004/05 she was Dean of the Faculty of Law. Prior to taking up the tenured post she was Assistant Professor at the Walther-Schücking-Institute of Public International Law at the Christian Albrechts University Kiel, where she obtained the Habilitation-qualification on the basis of her Habilitation-Thesis “Elemente einer Theorie der Verfassung Europas” (Elements of a Theory of the Constitution of Europe).
Born in Berlin in 1964, Anne Peters studied Law, Modern Greek and Spanish at the Universities of Würzburg, Lausanne, and Freiburg im Breisgau and pursued post-graduate studies at Harvard Law School.
She was a fellow of the National Scholarship Foundation of the German People (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and was awarded the prize from the Scientific Society at Freiburg im Breisgau for her doctoral dissertation on territorial referendums in international law in 1995.
Her research activities cover the field of general public international law, especially its constitutionalization, European constitutional law, constitutional theory and constitutional comparison and national and international human rights. She has published extensively on questions of supranational global governance and global constitutionalism.
Since 2004, Anne Peters has been a member of the executive board of the European Society of International Law and since 2007 a member of the scientific advisory board of the European Journal of International Law. Since 2008, she is a member of the Swiss National Research Council.
Christoph Tschumi studied Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and thereafter worked at F. Hoffmann-La Roche for five years, where he held different functions. During this time, amongst others, he was responsible for planning, budgeting and licensing procedures at Roche Bioscience, Palo Alto (CA/USA).
From 1999 to 2006 Christoph Tschumi managed the Division for Accounting & Controlling at the Department of Finance of the Canton Basel-Stadt (BS). In addition to managing and supervising the financial development of the Canton, he was also responsible for numerous projects of the Canton. As a member of the core team responsible for the partnership negotiations between the two Cantons, Basel-Stadt and Basel-Land (BL), he played a key role in the elaboration of the BL/BS-Standards on the one hand, and on the other in the negotiation process for expanding the University of Basel’s funding body to include the Canton of Basel-Land.
From 2007 to 2009 Christoph Tschumi held the position of Director for the Division for Services within the Department of Justice and Security of the Canton Basel-Stadt. He built up this new division and, together with a team of 120 staff, was responsible for all matters related to human resources, finances, IT infrastructure & support, facility management and the Department’s acquisition efforts. Furthermore, from 2005 to 2009, he acted as the official Employer’s Representative and as Head of the Advisory Board’s Examination Board of the Basel-Stadt’s Pension Fund institution. Since 2009 Christoph Tschumi has been the Director of Administration for the University of Basel responsible for the porfolios of finances & controlling, human resources, staff strategic real estate planning, building maintenance, equipment, logistics and security, legal service as well as for other University provision of services.